Joining the Society 

Christopher DiIenno

Chairman ASP


Vincent Kuczinski

President ASP


Look below and see some Perfumers who have persevered to achieve the position of Perfumer and Membership!  Then contact us below with your interest.
We are looking forward to your inquiry and look forward to meeting you!
Also, see the educational avenues under
What is a Perfumer

Perfumery - Passion - Perseverance 

Becoming a Member, it is up to you, if you have the three "P's" it requires. More related to becoming a perfumer than a member, because once you achieve the position of perfumer, membership is easy.  These can go hand in hand and help one another whereas becoming an Apprentice is about learning perfumery and what it takes to achieve it.  (See more on Apprenticeship below.) A blend of science and emotion, these two disciplines have opposite polar effects, but when an equilibrium is achieved between the two, it is magic!

The first "P" is perfumery itself, knowing it, wanting it, being part of it, studying it, there is no getting around it!  People know your "smell" and how you can smell, once you have it your half way there!  Perfumery requires long hours of studying fragrant materials and memorizing their every nuance.  Once achieved it is time to bring them together in accords of equal balance and beauty. A beauty that is unseen and sensed, because smelling is the sensing of beauty around you!  Attaining a sense of beauty is the key, not just the beauty you sense, but the beauty that others sense!  It is imperative in every aspect of perfumery.


This simply means you have to have the second "P", Passion.  Passion in whatever you do is a blessing in life, but in perfumery it is a mandatory requirement. How you express that and how you show that is all about who you are as a person, as a scientist, as an artist and then as a Perfumer.  How far will you go to get that perfect balance.  Where will you seek out your next inspiration.  When will you release the creative being restrained inside you and can you show it to achieve the perfect scent.  Dealing with your passion is likely the most important revelation you will ever have in regard to your creativity and inspiration.  Perfumery and Passion are fused and cannot be separated.  That is why it is a journey to get there and a progression of will, because others will doubt your' passion.

That is where the third "P" come in, Perseverance, a colloquial term not often used in today's society, but imperative to your success as a perfumer.  Even after you become a perfumer this trait as it be, will drive you through the difficult critiques and lead you to the perfect fragrance formula.  Many have faltered in this regard and given up on their passion and thereon left perfumery or never achieved it.  You must persevere to achieve the title of perfumer and from there become a member of the American Society of Perfumers.

Best wishes on achieving your passion!

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Thoughts on Perfumery and Membership

It was obvious, being part of an extraordinary group meant I needed to join an extraordinary group.  Only one way, be part of it!

Ralf Schwieger,- Member Since 2014


Perfumer Extraordinare 2014 - Winner


Vice President Senior Perfumer - MANE


Cecile Hua - Member Since 2014

Creative Perfumer - MANE

Vice President ASP Board of Directors 2018 - 2019

Contributing and helping to re-establish this iconic organization has been the honor of my lifetime.  I hope the appreciation for the art continues to grow and we are always able to express our passion.  The ASP will help make that happen and I will always be there right along side them making beautiful fragrance.

Christopher Diienno - Member Since 2000

Senior Perfumer / Owner  MOCA Fragrances

Chairman - ASP Board of Directors - 2018 - Present

President - ASP Board of Directors - 2014 - 2017


Sherri Sebastian - Member Since 2003

Senior Perfumer Owner Sebastian Sign / Provision

Vice President - ASP Board of Directors - 2020 - Present

 Like most other things in life, you get out of something what you put into it.  The ASP is no exception.

James Krivda - Member Since 1998

Owner / Senior Perfumer - Golden Hills

President ASP Board of Directors - 2001

Secretary ASP Board of Directors - Current

ASP Board of Directors 1998 - Present


Ashley Wilberding Balavoine - Member Since 2005

Senior Perfumer - Firmenich

ASP Board of Directors - 2018 - Present


Vincent Kuczinski - Member Since 1990

Vice President Senior Perfumer - MANE

President ASP Board of Directors - 2018 - Present

ASP Board of Directors 1993 - 1996 & 2014 - Present


John Gamba - Member Since 1990

Senior Perfumer - Givaudan

Treasurer ASP Board of Directors - 2000 - Present


Annie Buzantian - Member Since 1985

Vice President Master Perfumer - IFF


Carlos Benaim - Member Since 1980

Vice President Master Perfumer - IFF


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Membership Types

Full Member - for established Perfumers who have a record of successful fragrance acumen in the fragrance industry with a minimum of 10 years experience.


Apprentice Member - for perfumer in training currently under the mentorship of a sponsoring Member Perfumer of the Society.  The apprenticeship period last for five years and upon completion results in full membership status.  You must be working under the tutelage of your sponsor for the entire five year period or acquire new sponsor seamlessly within that time period.  Inquiry below for complete details.


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